6 posts categorized "Kindness"

Bearing fruit - the power of kindness

Photo courtesy of Dan/FreeDigitalPhotos.nety/FreeDigitalPhotos.net As Dineen shared last week we both attended a writer’s conference in Nashville ten days ago. It was a tremendous few days for both of us on a number of fronts, not least hearing from the Lord regarding our writing. It was a wonderful answer to prayer for both of us. God is good. We'll save those stories for another time. Family One aspect of the event that I so loved back in 2012 was a sense of the familial. Yes, even when I didn’t know the majority I felt accepted, loved and appreciated. Simply because I was sharing the same journey they were. Yes, having an Aussie accent probably helped a little too. I experienced the same sensation this time too. Perhaps even stronger. Yes, since 2012 I’ve developed friendships with attendees (like Dineen) but it’s like any new friendship. We get excited in the... Read more →

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Politics - An Ordinary Wife

Politics and an ordinary believing wife. That would be me. So, let’s pick up with one more truth to navigate the political season with our pre-believer. Three: Politics won't rescue our world. The shootings in America, the bombings in France and Belgium, the massacre in Nice, France, with a truck are utterly evil. They shock us to our core and the enemy uses these events to release fear into our hearts, homes and nations. No matter how many laws you pass, you can’t legislate evil out of the world. Our world needs a heart change. It’s about the heart. It’s LOVE that changes everything. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. — 1 John 4:18 And my friends, we are loved -perfectly. It’s a perfect kind of love... Read more →

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Day of Atonement

SUMites this is a day of fasting. Sunrise to sunset. Humble and contrite. Humble and contrite. Humble and Contrite. What does this mean to you today? Psalm 51:17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Isaiah 66:2 Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. There are a multitue of scripture verses on humility, Visit here. May the Lord blesS you and keep you my friends. Great is our God and great are His mercies, grace and promises. Lord, let us be your people who respresent you well. In the name of your Son,... Read more →

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Kingdom Miracle - Make Us Brave!

SUMite Nation: It’s time for another community miracle. Before I tell you this next miracle endeavor, let’s just take a minute to give honor and thanks to Jesus. Our community miracles in the past have been amazing and I am absolutely convinced God moved in our miracles and He was glorified. To read about them click on the Kingdom Miracles button in the navigation bar. Over the past couple of years God has been moving me out of my comfort zone. He has pressed me to pray for people in unique and often in unexpected times and places. (Remember when God told me to pray for the old woman walking down the street? That was one of those times.) So over the past two months this strong impression from the Lord keeps nagging me about praying for people in all places……. Wal-Mart… Yup. I believe it’s God’s heart that one... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — My Random Act of Kindness (RAK)

It wasn’t an ordinary day for us. It was a landmark day. It was a day that would hold more meaning than I expected. Our agenda that day was to get Leslie’s yearly MRI done and behind us so we could focus on Thanksgiving. It’s routine now and thankfully down to a yearly check to confirm she is still cancer free. And this was a landmark event—five years since her diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor. We breathed a sigh of relief when it was done and headed to our next destination—the grocery story. There I bustled with my purse and shopping list, focused on what I needed to do next with my daughter along to help. As I headed for the shopping carts, I hear a voice ask, “Can you spare some change for food?” I follow the source and find myself looking down at a young woman sitting... Read more →

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A Marriage of Honor

So my friends, it’s been a tough week. On Friday morning I telephoned Dineen on her cell phone and said, “I need you to pray for me. I’m really sick and can’t seem to kick this cough. It’s one in the afternoon and getting into Kaiser (our healthcare provider) will be impossible at this late hour on a Friday afternoon. The weekend is then here and I’m traveling with my daughter to BIOLA on Monday for a college interview. I can’t get in to see a doctor before Tuesday.” Whining I say, “I need to get well.” My BFF, Dineen, was out and about at that moment and said as soon as she arrived home she would call me back and pray with me. I hung up. I prayed myself, “Lord, heal me. Lord, heal me. Lord, just heal me.” I’m betting some of you have been in such a... Read more →

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